Director of the Visiting Scholars Programme
Anna Korhonen
Head of International Affairs
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Visiting Scholars Programme

The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Programme provides an opportunity for highly qualified scholars in Russian and Eastern European studies to visit the Aleksanteri Institute and the University of Helsinki for a period of one to three months. These visits are supported with a monthly grant, which in the academic years 2015–2016 and 2016-2017 is 3000 €. Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research and interact with other researchers at the Aleksanteri Institute and with the wider academic community at the University of Helsinki and in Finland. Each Visiting Fellow has two academic hosts working on a related theme and helping to establish contacts with the research community in Finland.

While the Aleksanteri Institute is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki, it also has a national function, acting as the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies. Therefore, Visiting Fellows may also accept invitations for short visits to Finnish universities other than the University of Helsinki. The Aleksanteri Institute also coordinates the Finnish Centre of Excellence “Choices of Russian Modernisation”, funded by the Academy of Finland for the period of 2012-2017. The CoE is run together with the University of Tampere.  

Starting from the academic year 2008-2009, the Visiting Scholars Programme has hosted around hundred Visiting Fellows working on various fields and themes within social sciences and humanities, and representing 26 countries from Europe through North America to China. Read more about the Visiting Fellows Alumni.

Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows 2015–2016

During the academic year 2015-2016, 13 Visiting Fellows are invited to the Institute for periods of one to three months. Here you can find information on the Visiting Fellows joining the Aleksanteri Institute during 2015-2016. 

Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows 2016–2017

The call for Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2016–2017 was open
until 5 February 2016. Altogether 194 applications were sent for the visiting fellowships and
13 Visiting Fellows are invited to join the institute during 2016-2017 for periods of one to three months. While the selection of proposals was based on academic excellence and the potential for a mutually beneficial visit, it also strove to take into account a balance between the nominated Visiting Fellows’ projects and the various research foci and regions covered by the Aleksanteri Institute.

We sincerely thank all the applicants for their interest in our programme. 

Visiting Fellows 2016-2017:

  • Stacy Closson, University of Kentucky
  • Linda J. Cook, Brown University
  • Oleksandr Fisun, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
  • Stefan Guth, University of Berne
  • Marcin Kaczmarski, University of Warsaw
  • Ilya Kalinin, Saint-Petersburg State University
  • Luke March, University of Edinburgh
  • Galina Miazhevich, University of Leicester
  • Ulla Pape, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Anna Paretskaya, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Olga Shevchenko, Williams College
  • Katya Tolstaya, VU University Amsterdam
  • Rustamjon Urinboyev, Lund University

Find out more about the University of Helsinki at
Useful links to sites giving information on Helsinki and Finland.

Visiting Fellows Christine Engel, Roman Krakovsky, Yuliya Zabyelina, Luca Anceschi, Aziz Burkhanov, Sergey Glebov and Nodirbek Salaev, spring 2015. (Photo: Niina Into)